Expressive painting with acrylics with Maggie Feeny

Painting - Water Based

Ref: S3D11491

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About this course

Use unusual tools and approaches to mark-making to free your acrylic painting. Paint with enjoyment and playfulness to build confidence and push the boundaries of your practice.

Course Description

Investigate and experiment with simplifying form, shape and colour in the landscape, using acrylic paints and mediums to develop your own unique visual expression. Use a variety of tools, painting surfaces and approaches to encourage a freedom and spontaneity in mark-making.

You will learn to extract the essentials of shape and form in the landscape and develop the confidence to intentionally manipulate all the elements in front of you to create your own unique style. You will learn to playfully experiment with exaggerating form and shape, explore changing proportions and manipulate colour to encourage the elements of chance and the incidental in your painting. Through this intuitive and intentional process you will allow the form and composition of your subject to be teased out as you add and remove paint, using techniques of thin washes and thick impasto. You will work both from sketches performed in the landscape, as well as from memory and from inspirational images or objects as you allow your subject to emerge. The tutor will offer one-to-one support and guidance towards finding your own process and expression. You will explore what brings a painting to life, considering contrast, focal points and perspective.

By the end of the course, you will have gained confidence in your use of identifying what to add and what to leave out. You will have learned to develop a more abstract approach to form, shape and colour, in order to create exciting and dynamic paintings. You will have gained insight into the processes and materials that inspire a freedom of expression and un-bounded mark-making in your work, taking home a number of experimental painted studies and/or completed paintings.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Acrylic MDF Primer
  • Acrylic Flow Improver
  • Acrylic Medium Gel, Matt and Gloss
  • 3 x MDF 6ml Boards 2 x 30 x 30cm, 1 x 50 x 20cm
  • Light stick masking tape x 6 per group
  • A3 Seawhites Acrylic Pad (1 x each)
  • Seawhites baker brushes sizes 20 (1 each), size 50 (1 each)
  • Fine sand paper
  • PVA Glue
  • Small rubber kidney (1 each)
  • Spray bottles, water pots, j-cloths, glue sticks

What students need to bring

  • Acrylic paints: Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cyan, or Cerulean Blue, Prussian Blue, Burnt Umber, Magenta, Paynes Grey, Titanium White and Black, (this is a basic list, please bring other colours you enjoy using) Rowney System 3 – good for experimentation if using a lot especially white
  • Makes: Winsor and Newton Artist’ – good professional quality
  • Golden heavy body, and or fluid – excellent professional quality
  • The College Shop stocks Schminke acrylic paint
  • 2 x canvas 30x30cm minimum (plus and extra you wish to bring – available in shop)
  • Small squeegee
  • Pointed implements for scratching through paint eg. empty ball-point pens, pottery scrafitto tools
  • Large Flat Palette, could be a plastic table matt or large plastic floor tile
  • Drawing materials: pencils, charcoal, wax crayons, fine line pen
  • Rubber or surgical gloves (optional)
  • 4 plus paint containers/receptacles with lids, these can be jam jars, yoghurt pots etc.
  • Inspirational Items, (the tutor will bring some visual resource material). Please bring :-
  • Photos of landscapes, small details within the landscape which could be natural or man-made.
  • Any natural / man-made forms which have inspirational marks, textures or colours.
  • Paper or fabric colour swatches
  • Any items suitable as a stencil, nothing literal, eg hessian, wire mesh, paper doilies, flat pieces of metal with holes (optional)
  • Paper or tissue for collage (can have feint images or lettering on it)
  • Preparation: Please make a number of drawings and photos of various landscapes.
  • Please also bring any items you may have from the available to buy list.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Acrylic paints (the shop stocks a good variety of colours in Schminke acrylic paint)
  • Canvas 30x30cm minimum
  • Acrylic paper, pads and sheets (Seawhites is very good, available in the shop)
  • Small sketchbook
  • Seawhites baker brushes of varying sizes
  • Large fan brush
  • Glass jars
  • Rigger brushes (size 1 & 3)
  • Palette knife, small squeegee,
  • 50 x 50cm Perspex palette
  • Pencils, charcoal, wax crayons, fine line pen and general drawing materials
  • Paint containers/receptacles with lids
  • Paper and tissue for collage,
  • Acrylic mediums
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Maggie Feeny

Maggie Feeny has been a teacher and professional artist for over 30 years. She trained in Bristol, London and Brighton and has taught painting and ceramics. She curated exhibitions in her Artist's Open House, Brighton, attracting artists from London, Cornwall and neighbouring counties. Maggie's work is exhibited nationally in both private and public spaces.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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